Drive Safe

Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home.

We want you to have a safe journey, take time to review our driving rules in New Zealand.

We drive on the left-hand side of the road here, some of our roads are narrow, windy and have loose gravel… and it’s not unusual to see sheep or cattle on roads in rural areas. You need to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and to understand New Zealand road rules and signs.


Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right hand side in your own country, please take a moment to re-familiarise yourself with this rule each time before pulling out onto the road after a break.


If you have arrived in New Zealand after a long-haul flight, take time to refresh and rest before driving on New Zealand Roads. Take regular breaks on your journey, if you feel tired or drowsy, pull over and take a break.


The speed limit on New Zealand’s main roads and motorways is 100 km/h unless a sign advises of a lower speed limit. For urban road’s the speed limit is 50 km/h unless signposted otherwise.

With uncertain weather patterns, driving conditions can rapidly change in New Zealand. You may need to adjust your speed to drive within the conditions safely.


Don’t drink and drive – the level of alcohol tolerance is very low and penalties are severe.


By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt.


Do not use your mobile phone for any purpose whilst driving, it’s against the law whilst driving or sitting in a stationary vehicle. You must be parked to the side of the road and keys out of the ignition to use a mobile phone in a vehicle.


You must carry your Drivers Licence on you at all times while driving. Please keep a copy of your Rental Agreement in the vehicle at all times.

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